Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: John Buscema
Embellisher: Tom Palmer
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: November 1970
The entire island of Manhatten is taken hostage by an efficient army led by the ram-headed Aries (of the Zodiac crime syndicate). The Fantastic Four are out of town, Spider-Man doesn’t want to worry Aunt May, and most of the Avengers are either away in New Jersey or have been captured. The only Avenger who can do something is the Black Panther, and he seeks out Matt Murdock – Daredevil – to help him.
They find and attack Aries, but only end up pissing him off. Aries decides the best thing for everyone is a public execution of the four Avengers members that he’s captured – Thor, Quicksilver, Captain America and Iron Man. This upsets some people, and Daredevil – in a typically daring maneuver – managers to free the Avengers. After that, it’s all over.
Bitchin issue, really cool story and really well-told. It seems like a huge, major thing that happened to all of the city. I’m hoping it at least gets a mention in Amazing Spider-Man, but I kind of doubt it will. Oh well, that’s why it’s important for me to branch out into some of these other comics sometimes I guess.